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Old 11-21-2012, 02:03 PM
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bringing puppy home at 7 vs 8 weeks

Looking for some advice. The breeder says my little Libby can come home this weekend at 7 weeks. Because of Thanksgiving break I will have an extra day to be with her and help her with the transition before I go back to work Monday. Now I'm trying to weigh the benefits of having the extra time with her vs keeping her an extra week for which most would agreed is valuable time for momma/puppy bonding time. Most of the litter is being taken at 7 weeks except one other.

Just wondering what all your opinions/experiences are for when you take a pup home.

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If the puppies are completely weaned and eating, pottying, playing and being pretty independent from their momma (which they should be at this point) as well as their de wormer and a set of shots then they are good to go at 7 weeks!
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It depends on the litter, some are more mature than others.

Personally, if all but one puppy is gone, I think the puppy and you might benefit with your days off more than staying at the breeder's house.
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I've heard a benefit of staying longer is learning bite inhibition....buuuuttt Cooper stayed until 8 weeks and he was still a biting machine when he was a pup . I think responsible breeders know what's okay for their puppies....if he/she says it is okay, then I would trust him/her! Good luck with your first few days at home!
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I got Lucky at 7 weeks from a very reputable breeder. She preferred it, as another fear period kicks off around 8 weeks. I'm thinking she wanted them settled in before that became a factor.

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Best time to bring a puppy into its new home is around week 7 or 8. "The 49th day" is recommended by Guide Dog raisers and supported by studies.
Note also- the Fear Imprint period around 8 to 11 weeks.

Advice will vary and maybe some pups really aren't ready to come home then. But if your breeder is good with it? Go for it. (And you'll be amazed how much they grow in that one extra week!)
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I'm confused, your signature block states your pup is 6 weeks and you've also started a thread about your pup already ringing the bells--did she already come home? Since the breeder doesn't do the minimum clearances and the rest of the litter is already being placed early, recommend your girl come out of that environment. Did you ever figure out what was going on with her eyes?
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awww you are so lucky! Post lots of pictures!
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I don't know if there's a right or wrong answer. I took Georgia home at 7 weeks and she's perfect.

I think what matters more and is very important is what's better for your schedule and when can you give her the most time ...specially the first 48 to 72 hours ....and then the first week etc...good luck!
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I brought Bentley home at 6 weeks, I was concerned that it was too early but he was fine and has been a great dog........with the exception of the last 24 hrs LOL
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I brought home Tink home at 7 weeks, this litter was pretty mature with behavior eating etc and since I had literally just put down my horse the breeder thought it would give me something positive to focus on and it did. I think I would have lost if not for having Tinker to concentrate on.
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